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What to do on a Yorkshire coast cottage holiday

Our top 5 things to do on your Luxury Cottage Holiday to the Yorkshire Coast…

Ok so you have made the best decision; head for the Yorkshire coast for your next holiday. Presumably you have arrived at the decision due to impecable good taste, an urge for a beautiful drive through the moors to the coast, a love of 50’s ITV drama’s or a memory of bygone holidays of fun on the beach. Whatever your original reason, once you have arrived you will want to fill the day, and not just with ice cream! So our top 5 things to do/places to go when venturing out from your gorgeous yorkshire coastal cottage.   Try not to miss…

Robin Hoods Bay

  1. Robin Hood’s Bay – Venture just a few miles south of Whitby and you’ll find the gravity-defying picture-postcard village of Robin Hood’s Bay.  Once home to the busiest smuggling trade on the Yorkshire coast, said to involve fisherman, clergy and gentry alike, today the village has adopted a much more sedate pace of life.  Take some time to enjoy the heavenly view at the top before venturing down the steep streets to the sandy bay below.  There are plenty of pit stops to whet your whistle on the way down, as well as some quaint shops to distract you from the steep climb back up.
  2. Gastro pubs to gastropods – You will find some fantastic eateries within Whitby and the surrounding villages, with heavy emphasis of course on locally caught, fresh seafood.  Try not to miss the Magpie Café on Pier Road beside the harbour; something of a Whitby institution, it has been serving up traditional fish ‘n chips since 1939.  Although most opt for the deep fried classic, there are plenty of other mouth-watering seafood dishes on the menu.  If you prefer your molluscs on the move, there are several seafood stalls along the harbour with pots full of whelks, winkles, cockles, mussels and all things shellfish.  Pop into the Whitby Catch on Pier Road, a best of breed fishmongers with langoustines, brill and red mullet amongst an impressive catch fresh off the boat.  You should also sniff out Fortune’s WR Smokehouse and Kipper Shop right at the end of Henrietta Street on the East side of the harbour – another seafood delight.  See below for more details…
  3. The Moors – Resting as the backdrop to Whitby’s coastline is the rolling heather-clad hills of the North York Moors.  Within a few minutes’ drive you can be tootling up and down the roads of Heartbeat country, stopping off at the many gorgeous villages dotted across the moors.  It’s hard to recommend one over the other, but if you’re pushed for time try to catch Goathland and nearby Egton Bridge for a real taste of North Yorkshire village life.  Or you could leave the car and take the steam train from Whitby on the North York Moors Railway.  Step back in time as the old fashioned carriages draw you lazily through this stunning landscape.  For timetable info as well as details on their extravagant Pullman Fine Dining service see www.nymr.co.uk
  4. Beach bum: Rather surprisingly, North Yorkshire’s coast has some of the finest surfing beaches in England.  Whether you’re a complete novice or a seasoned professional, there are locations to suit every level of ability so hop on and give it a go!  If adrenalin inducing wave riding is not your cup of tea, the beautiful beaches and bays along this part of the world have lots of gentle alternatives.  At low tide, grab an ice-cream, take a stroll along the beach from Whitby to Sandsend and amble back across the cliff top.  Paddle around in the rock pools at Runswick or Robin Hood’s Bay, build a sandcastle or just throw out a blanket and lie back with a good book.  This region is also renowned for its fossil count so it’s worth hunting out some prehistoric keepsakes along the way.
  5. Nautical but nice: The training ground of seafaring legend Captain Cook no less and home to an interesting museum on his life , let Whitby’s maritime heritage inspire you to take your own trip on the high seas.  There are plenty of options for pleasure boat trips along the harbour to neighbouring villages or twilight trips, with private charter available on certain boats.  From late summer to early autumn it’s also possible to go whale watching from here.  There are more boating pleasures further inland – don your pinstripes and straw boaters for an afternoon rowing on the beautiful river Esk; boat hire is available from Ruswarp just a few miles South of Whitby.  www.ruswarp-pleasure-boats.co.uk

Try Crag Cottage in Ruswarp.

Where to stay on your Luxury Cottage Holiday to the Yorkshire Coast
We have several gorgeous Luxury Yorkshire Coast Cottages, both on the coast and slightly further inland.  Try the picture-perfect Lilly’s Cottage– a lovely ‘New England’ style fisherman’s cottage in the heart of Robin Hood’s Bay. Robin Hood’s Bay Holiday Cottages.

A little further in, but still just a few minutes from the beach, is the very sweet Egton Cottage – a darling 2-bedroom cottage set in a lovely Moors village.   You’ll find a fantastic gastro pub across the road and Grosmont station just a few miles away.  You can catch a steam train to Whitby or Pickering from here on the North York Moors Railway…

All you have to do now is decide which one suits you!

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